Warriors unable to overcome an early deficit

By | February 5, 2019 7:26 am

Masyn Winningham goes up for a layup against Stone Memorial, on Friday night. Winningham led the Warriors with 12 points.

It didn’t take long for White County High School to be brought back down to earth after their huge win over Cookeville.

All it took was an almost perfect game plan and a team willing to do just what the coach asked.

Stone Memorial, whom the Warriors lost to by only one point in Sparta and scored 55 points against, slowed down the tempo of the game, and their players passed up shot after shot until they got just the one they wanted. Most of the time, or to be exact, 24 times it was a three-point attempt, and 12 of those times it went in, and, in the end, the Panthers picked up a 55-39 win.

Masyn Winningham was the lone Warrior in double figures, netting 12 points. WCHS attempted only 19 shots in the first half and finished with 42 attempts for the game.

The Warriors shot just 33 percent overall from the field. They were 11 of 31 inside the arc and hit three of 11 three-point attempts. WCHS was eight of 11 from the free throw line.

Coffee County only made six of their 19 two-point shots, but the threes made the difference. They were also seven of nine from the free throw line.

The Warriors lost the rebounding battle 25-21 and the turnover battle 12-9.

Stone Memorial got the game going, scoring the first five points, but the Warriors answered with baskets from David Kinser and Kade Clark to cut the lead to 5-4. However, three straight shots made behind the arc by the Panthers gave them a 10-point lead, with 2:16 remaining. The Warriors outscored Stone 4-2 to close out the quarter but trailed 16-8 heading into the second quarter.

In the second quarter, the Warriors opened up the quarter outscoring Stone 6-3 to cut the lead to 14-19. However, Stone answered, outscoring the Warriors 11-6 and led 30-20 heading into the locker room.

In the third quarter, Stone opened up the quarter with two straight threes to push their lead to 16, but a three by Winningham and a layup by Kinser cut the lead back down to 11. After a three by Stone push the lead up to 14, Grant Slatten outscored the Panthers 8-2 to cut the lead to 41-33. A three by Stone, with 11 seconds remaining in the quarter, gave them a 44-33 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

In the final quarter of play, Kegan Dodson got an offensive rebound putback to open the quarter and cut the lead to nine. However, seven consecutive points by Stone Memorial pushed their lead to 51-35 and put the game out of reach for the Warriors.

With the loss, the Warriors move to 19-7 on the season and 3-3 in District play. The Warriors will return to action, on Tuesday night, when they travel to Rhea County to take on the Golden Eagles. The Warriorettes tip off at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT, with the Warriors to follow.

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